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The Great Maine Apple Day: Learn, Taste, Share, Enjoy!
October 25, noon to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place on Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers. More information.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Maine's 2011 wild blueberry harvest up slightly
Portland Press Herald - 3/27/2012.
Federal agricultural officials say Maine's 2011 wild blueberry harvest was 83.1 million pounds, up just slightly from the previous year.

Kickstarter is helping grist mill in Skowhegan finance a dream
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Opinion Editorial by Amber Lambke - Kickstarter, an online platform where everyday people, can raise money for creative projects, is helping Maine Grains at the Somerset Grist Mill close a funding gap to get the grist mill up and running this spring. The mill will make fresh locally grown and milled flour available to customers of The Pickup, a Community Supported Agriculture business in Skowhegan and people across New England.

Food security focus fuels new worries over crop chemicals
Reuters - 3/27/2012.
Scientists, environmentalists and farm advocates are pressing the question about whether rewards of the trend toward using more and more crop chemicals are worth the risks, as the agricultural industry strives to ramp up production to feed the world's growing population.

Common toothpaste additive triclosan to be deemed toxic to environment
Edmonton Journal - 3/27/2012.
by Sarah Schmidt. The Canadian government is set to declare a bacteria killer found in many toothpastes, mouthwashes and anti-bacterial soaps as toxic to the environment, a move which could see the use of the chemical curtailed sharply.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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